Activision Blizzard, Inc (ATVI) - NASDAQ
  • Nov. 16, 2012, 12:12 PM
    Activision (ATVI +4.8%) registers a big gain after announcing it sold over $500M worth of copies of Call of Duty: Black Ops II in its first 24 hours of availability. GameStop (GME +2.9%), which reported strong initial sales for the game earlier this week, is also rallying. The solid early reception for Black Ops II and Microsoft's Halo 4 are fueling hopes the console game industry will cap what has been an ugly year with a decent holiday season.
    | Nov. 16, 2012, 12:12 PM
  • Nov. 14, 2012, 4:55 AM

    Retailer GameStop (GME) sells over 1M copies worldwide of Activision Blizzard's (ATVI) “Call of Duty: Black Ops II” on the video-game's first day of sales. "'Black Ops II' is shaping up to be our biggest game launch of all time," gushes GameStop President Tony Bartel. Piper Jaffray's Michael Olson reckons that, based on retailer checks, 'Black Ops II' will sell 6.5M-7.2M overall in the and U.S. and U.K.

    | Nov. 14, 2012, 4:55 AM
  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:05 PM
    Video game stocks closed higher as Microsoft (MSFT) announces it sold $220M worth of copies of the favorably-reviewed Halo 4 in its first 24 hours of availability, and expects to sell over $300M in in the first week. Though industry data remains bleak, hopes have grown that the holiday season will be relatively strong thanks to a healthy lineup of new titles. EA +1% ATVI +1.1%. TTWO +3.8%. GME +4.4%.
    | Nov. 12, 2012, 4:05 PM | 1 Comment
  • Nov. 9, 2012, 2:12 PM

    For every $2 U.S. consumers spent on traditional video game products in October, they spent nearly $1 on "digital format sales" such as downloads, subscriptions, in-app purchases, and mobile apps, according to NPD. Sales figures for traditional products were predictably bleak - hardware -37% Y/Y, software -25%, accessories +5% - though analyst Liam Callahan thinks rising M/M console sales bode well for the holiday season. Take-Two's (TTWO) NBA 2K13 was the best-selling game. (September) (mobile gaming: I, II)

    | Nov. 9, 2012, 2:12 PM
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 5:30 PM

    More on Activision: Q4 guidance is for revenue of $2.41B and EPS of $0.70, above a consensus of $2.34B and $0.67. Online subscription revenue (World of Warcraft and Call of Duty Elite) +26% Y/Y,  console games -16%, PC and Other (includes Skylanders merchandise) +273%. North America revenue +23% Y/Y, Europe +17%, Asia-Pac +20%. Over 10M World of Warcraft subs, up from Q2's 9.1M. ATVI +2% AH. (PR)

    | Nov. 7, 2012, 5:30 PM
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 4:13 PM
    Activision (ATVI): Q3 EPS of $0.15 beats by $0.07. Revenue of $751M (+19.8% Y/Y) beats by $42M. Shares +1.5% AH. (PR)
    | Nov. 7, 2012, 4:13 PM
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 12:10 AM

    Notable earnings after Wednesday’s close: ARAY, ATO, ATVI, AWK, BONE, CBS, CLR, CODI, CPE, CPNO, CTL, CXO, ETE, ETP, EXEL, FTK, GMXR, GSS, HIMX, HNSN, ITMN, KGC, MAKO, MBI, MDLZ, MNST, MWE, NQ, OAS, ONTY, OSUR, PAAS, PANL, PRI, PRU, QCOM, SGEN, SLXP, SNTS, SRZ, SSRI, SXL, TCAP, TIE, TS, WFM

    | Nov. 7, 2012, 12:10 AM
  • Nov. 6, 2012, 5:35 PM

    Notable earnings after Wednesday’s close: ARAY, ATO, ATVI, AWK, BONE, CBS, CLR, CODI, CPE, CPNO, CTL, CXO, ETE, ETP, EXEL, FTK, GMXR, GSS, HIMX, HNSN, ITMN, KGC, MAKO, MBI, MDLZ, MNST, MWE, NQ, OAS, ONTY, OSUR, PAAS, PANL, PRI, PRU, QCOM, SGEN, SLXP, SNTS, SRZ, SSRI, SXL, TCAP, TIE, TS, WFM

    | Nov. 6, 2012, 5:35 PM
  • Oct. 30, 2012, 7:07 PM
    "Our [fiscal] Q3 looks soft mostly due to Medal of Honor," spoke Electronic Arts (EA) CEO John Riccitello on his company's earnings call. The Street has been concerned for a while about the reception for Medal of Honor Warfighter, which went on sale last week to underwhelming reviews. But a poor demand environment for console games isn't helping EA's cause either. And for now at least, EA's mobile and social gaming efforts aren't enough to offset. (FQ2 results: I, II)
    | Oct. 30, 2012, 7:07 PM
  • Oct. 29, 2012, 4:16 PM

    Activision (ATVI) is rolling out two new iOS games for its hit Skylanders franchise: Battlegrounds, which will cost $5-$7, and the free-to-play Lost Islands. Also being released is a $50 Bluetooth-based "portal" that will allow characters to be imported into the games. Cloud Patrol, Activision's first mobile Skylanders title, has seen over 1.5M downloads, and Skylanders merchandise sales have played a big role in propping up Activision's results in a difficult year for console games.

    | Oct. 29, 2012, 4:16 PM | 2 Comments
  • Oct. 12, 2012, 1:17 PM

    Another month, another round of dismal data from NPD about retail U.S. video game sales. Game console sales fell 39% Y/Y in September, the research firm estimates, while software sales fell 18%. One bright spot for Electronic Arts (EA): Madden NFL 13 unit sales were 11% higher than the year-ago sales of its predecessor (previous). Sterne Agee thinks new video game sales will fall just 5% in October, as new titles provide a lift.

    | Oct. 12, 2012, 1:17 PM
  • Sep. 25, 2012, 1:43 PM

    Game developers sell off following a report pay-TV providers are looking to offer console-quality cloud gaming services in 2013-2014. EA -3.5%. ATVI -2.3%. TTWO -1.4%. THQI -2.4%. If these services take off (a big if, given the challenges others have faced), they'd almost certainly rely on games from top developers. But there could also be more competition from social/casual games, and less favorable revenue splits.

    | Sep. 25, 2012, 1:43 PM | 2 Comments
  • Sep. 25, 2012, 3:53 AM

    AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Comcast (CMCSA) and Time Warner Cable (TWC) are looking to provide heavy duty video games - such as those from EA - to TVs over their cable infrastructure, Bloomberg reports. The move would provide another major threat to console makers such as Sony (SNE) and Microsoft (MSFT), adding to that from smartphone games. However, operators still need to get the technology right.

    | Sep. 25, 2012, 3:53 AM | 9 Comments
  • Sep. 19, 2012, 9:48 AM

    NetEase (NTES +4.7%) pops thanks to an upgrade to Neutral from Nomura, which is pleased with yesterday's announcement regarding the Oct. 2 arrival of a new expansion pack for the Chinese version of World of Warcraft, offered in partnership with Activision (ATVI). Nomura sees the expansion pack, called Mists of Pandaria, slowing down the loss of World of Warcraft users, something NetEase blamed for its Q2 miss.

    | Sep. 19, 2012, 9:48 AM
  • Sep. 10, 2012, 2:28 PM

    Driving home Amazon's (AMZN) interest in using its mobile and digital content efforts to boost e-commerce sales, the company is now allowing developers to sell physical goods through Android apps leveraging its in-app purchasing system. The first developer to do so is Activision (ATVI), which will use its Skylanders Cloud Patrol game (previous) to sell its popular Skylanders action figures and accessories. (earlier)

    | Sep. 10, 2012, 2:28 PM
  • Sep. 7, 2012, 12:29 PM

    Activision's (ATVI) Skylanders Cloud Patrol mobile game will be available for Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets. The game launched on iOS in April to good reviews, but remained AWOL on Android until now. Activision has been slower to embrace mobile games than rival Electronic Arts, but has begun ramping its efforts. Given industry trends, the company has little choice. (yesterday)

    | Sep. 7, 2012, 12:29 PM
Company Description
Activision Blizzard, Inc. is an online, personal computer, video game console, tablet, handheld and mobile game publisher of interactive entertainment. The company operates through three segments: Activision Publishing, Inc., Blizzard Entertainment, Inc and Activision Blizzard Distribution. The... More
Sector: Technology
Industry: Multimedia & Graphics Software
Country: United States